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Aberdeen and Inverness dates for children's opera tour

By David Porter

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Scottish Opera’s hit show Fox-tot!, a new opera for children aged 12 to 24 months, returns this Spring for a tour around Scotland, following a five star run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019.

Daniel Keating-Roberts in Fox-tot!
Daniel Keating-Roberts in Fox-tot!

Fox-tot! will be performed at the Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen and Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.

Composed by Lliam Paterson, in 2018, his acclaimed ‘opera for babies’, BambinO, had sell-out performances at the Fringe, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, in Paris and The Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman.

Scottish Opera Staff Director Roxana Haines (Opera Highlights 2019) directs Fox-tot!, a Scottish Opera co-commission with Royal and Derngate, Northampton.

Designed by Giuseppe Belli and Emma Belli (BambinO 2017), the 45-minute show for toddlers is an engaging mix of music and puppetry, performed by mezzo-soprano and former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Bethan Langford (The Magic Flute 2019), and countertenor Daniel Keating-Roberts (Orfeo & Euridice 2019).

They are joined by cellist Laura Sergeant and percussionists Michael D Clark and Darren Gallacher.

Sung in English, Fox-tot! tells the story of a little fox sent on an adventure to explore the world and step into the footsteps of other creatures, including a cat, a butterfly and a frog.

But, as Mother Vixen guides her cub’s journey, will the little one discover what it takes to become an excellent fox?

The show stimulates the curiosity of Scottish Opera’s littlest audience members with an interactive set they are encouraged to explore and play in.

It inspires joy in listening to music, and instils the beginnings of empathy as Fox learns to see through the eyes of others.

Scottish Opera’s Director of Outreach and Education, Jane Davidson, said: “Once again, Fox-Tot! is up on its paws visiting venues across Scotland, this is a real treat for small eyes and ears as toddlers are welcomed into the magical, autumnal world of Fox and his friends.

“As much fun for the adults as for the little ones, this is one of those rare occasions when everyone can enjoy a shared musical experience that works equally well as a miniature one-act opera as it does a leafy playground full of tactile toys and intriguing sounds.’

Fox-tot! comes to the Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 at 10.30am and noon and Eden Court, Inverness on Friday, April 3 and Saturday 4 at 10am and 11.30am.

For more information visit www.scottishopera.org.uk

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